This thematic issue of The Canadian Mineralogist, comprising contributions to the 8th International Symposium of Granitic Pegmatites PEG2017 held in Kristiansand, Norway, in 2017, is dedicated to Milan Novák, a distinguished researcher in the field of pegmatite mineralogy and petrology.

Milan Novák was born in Vyškov, a small town close to Brno, Czechoslovakia, in October 1952 and started to collect minerals at the age of about 10. He took his Ms degree in Geology at the Masaryk University in Brno (1977) and obtained his PhD degree in Mineralogy and Petrology at Charles University in Prague (1988) defending the...

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